Diamond Mountain District is located in the Mayacamas Mountain Range west of Napa Valley near Calistoga. At an elevation approaching 1,700 feet, the vineyards are planted on steep volcanic hillsides. As a result, they are known for their rich, deeply concentrated fruit. Inky and complex with a lingering finish.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is packed with intense blackberry character layered with hints of dark chocolate, herbs, and spices.
An ideal vintage, 2013 began early and progressed with consistent, even temperatures throughout the summer. Grapes were harvested at the peak of ripeness, displaying concentrated flavors and bold varietal character.
Situated high above the valley floor on a steep northern face of the Mayacamas Mountains near Calistoga, Diamond Mountain District is one of the most interesting vineyard properties in this renowned winegrowing region. Here, austere soils and dry farming stress the vines and low vigor volcanic soils provide minimal nutrition. The result is small, intensely concentrated fruit clusters that make deeply pigmented, assertive wines that are rich in body and tannin: truly world-class wines.
Grapes for our Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon were hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 7 to 10 days with regular pump-overs to extract color and flavor. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% French oak (50% of which was new) for 18 months. Before bottling, it was delicately fined using the traditional egg-white process. This intense, mountain-grown wine has a dark ruby color and aromas of spicy black cherry, briar, tobacco, toasty oak, bay leaf and blueberry. Concentrated black cherry, blackberry, briar and toasty oak flavors mingle with a subtle mountain minerality.
Director of Winemaking Harry Hansen was raised in nearby Sonoma County. “One of my earliest memories of wine was the gallon jug of red wine that we always had at home. I would go with my father to a local winery, maybe in Kenwood or Healdsburg, to refill that jug and chit-chat with the winery proprietors. The aromas of those wines were always something attractive, somehow mysterious, but always memorable.”
Harry joined Sterling Vineyards and relocated to Napa Valley just before the 2011 Harvest. “The opportunity to join such a respected Napa Valley winery is exciting and a fantastic next step in my winemaking career. Sterling Vineyards is making some wonderful wines, and I look forward to taking that next step up in quality and reputation.”